He received a 19-gun salute at the Pentagon, toured the Port of Los Angeles and took tea in Muscatine, Iowa. On Friday, Feb. 17, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will wrap up his five-day trip to the U.S., his first visit since emerging as China’s heir apparent. If the trip was aimed at personalizing the man who is expected to begin assuming China’s top leadership position this fall, then Xi’s U.S. tour was a success. Unlike current Chinese President Hu Jintao, whose wooden demeanor seems the very expression of an apparatchik, Xi proved himself an affable presence, quick with a grin and even an occasional humorous aside.

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